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From Thilina Gunarathne <cset...@gmail.com>
Subject [ANN] Apache Axis2 1.1 Released
Date Tue, 14 Nov 2006 13:31:19 GMT
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Just over 6 months since the original 1.0 release, we are very proud to
announce the release of Apache Axis2 version 1.1.

Downloads are available at:
   http://ws.apache.org/axis2/download.cgi

Apache Axis2 is a complete re-design and re-write of the widely used
Apache Axis engine and is a more efficient, more scalable, more modular
and more XML-oriented Web services framework. It is carefully designed to
support the easy addition of plug-in "modules" that extend its
functionality for features such as security and reliability.

Modules supporting WS-Security/Secure-Conversation (Apache Rampart),
WS-Trust (Apache Rahas), WS-Reliable Messaging (Apache Sandesha) and
WS-Eventing (Apache Savan) will be available soon after the Apache Axis2
1.1 release. Please see these projects' own sites for further information.

Major Changes Since 1.0:
- - - Significantly improved documentation
- - - Significantly improved support for POJO services and clients
- - - Significantly improved support for Spring services
- - - Significantly improved Axis Data Binding (ADB) to increase schema
 coverage and overall stability
- - - Improved service lifecycle model
- - - Improved JMS support
- - - Improved handler and module interfaces
- - - Improved Eclipse and Idea plugins
- - - New Attachments API for sending & receiving MTOM and SwA attachments
- - - Built in support for WS-Policy via Apache Neethi
- - - Added support for unwrapping Web service requests
- - - Fixed tons of small and not-so-small bugs
- - - Major refactoring of release structure to make usage easy

Known Issues and Limitations in 1.1 Release:
- - - Unwrapping of response messages (coming in 1.2)
- - - JSR 181/183 Annotation support (coming in 1.2)
- - - JaxMe and JAXBRI data binding support is experimental
- - - Simple Axis Server does not support POX/REST

Apache Axis2 1.1 is a major new release compared to Axis2 1.0. We are
striving for a simple and happy first time user experience as well as a
satisfying experienced user experience with this release. We welcome any
and all feedback at:
   axis-user@ws.apache.org (please include "[axis2]" in the subject)
   axis-dev@ws.apache.org (please include "[axis2]" in the subject)
   http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AXIS2

Thank you for your interest in Apache Axis2!

The Axis2 Development Team
http://ws.apache.org/axis2/


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Features of Apache Axis2:

Programming Model
  - Simple XML-centric client API with full WSDL and policy support
  - Support for POJO and Spring services and clients
  - Support for any message exchange pattern (MEP)
  - Synchronous and asynchronous programming model
  - Archived service deployment model supporting full service
    encapsulation with versioning support
  - Archived module deployment model supporting controlled
    extensibility with versioning support
  - Hot deployment
  - WS-Policy driven code generation extensions
  - Flexible service life cycle model
  - Automatic support for POX (REST) style invocation of services
  - Support for querying service's WSDL (with ?wsdl), schema (with
    ?xsd) and policies (with ?policy)

Supported Specifications
  - SOAP 1.1 and 1.2
  - Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM)
  - XML Optimized Packaging (XOP)
  - SOAP with Attachments
  - WSDL 1.1, including both SOAP and HTTP bindings
  - WS-Addressing submission and 1.0
  - WS-Policy
  - SAAJ 1.1

Transports
  - HTTP
  - SMTP
  - JMS
  - TCP

Supported Data Bindings
  - Axis Data Binding (ADB)
  - XMLBeans
  - JibX
  - JaxMe (Experimental)
  - JaxBRI (Experimental)

Tools
  - WSDL2Java: Generate Java stubs and skeletons from a WSDL document.
  - Java2WSDL: Generate a WSDL document from a Java class.
  - Eclipse Plugins
  - IntelliJ Idea Plugins
  - Maven2 Plugins
  - Web application for administering Apache Axis2
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